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  • Loebsack Precision Ag Legislation, Rural EMS & Broadband Funding Included in Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Release on December 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the final Farm Bill Conference report was made public. This legislation represents the final compromise between the House and Senate and is scheduled to be voted on later this week. “I am pleased that the House and Senate were finally able to put aside the partisan games and produce a Farm Bill that will provide Iowa’s farmers and rural communities with the certainty that they need to be able to plan for the upcoming planting... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises New E15 Rule to Allow Year-Round Sales
    Posted in Press Release on October 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after it was announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would begin rulemaking to allow the year-round sale of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol (E15). Current law does not allow E15 to be sold in the summer months. Loebsack has long worked on a bipartisan basis to broaden fuel choices for consumers. Earlier this Congress, Loebsack joined with Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) to introduce HR 1311, the Consumer and Fuel R... Read more

  • Loebsack Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Support for Rural Schools
    Posted in Press Release on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack recently reintroduced legislation that would provide greater support to rural communities to ensure that students attending rural schools have access to the same resources as their urban counterparts. Currently, rural schools have fewer financial resources than non-rural schools, which has created challenges to teacher recruitment and retention, and resulted in a lack of quality expanded learning time programs for students. Loebsack’s Restructuring Underutilized Resour... Read more

  • After 4 Months, EPA Fails to Fully Respond to Loebsack Questions on RFS “Hardship” Waiver
    Posted in Press Release on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    After four months, Congressman Dave Loebsack finally received a response from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the specific questions he had asked regarding the agency’s use of the small refinery exemption program. In April, then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Loebsack serves on, about the small refinery exemption, also known as a ‘hardship’ waiver. During his testimony, Pruitt was unable to answer many of the quest... Read more

  • U.S. House Passes Loebsack, Latta Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Precision Agriculture Implementation
    Posted in Press Release on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, to reduce barriers to the implementation of cutting-edge technology on America’s farms. The legislation, authored by Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), establishes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task force, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband connectivity and technological needs of precision... Read more

  • Loebsack Calls for Canada’s Permanent Exemption from Tariffs to Protect Iowa Workers
    Posted in Press Release on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today called on U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to support the tens of thousands of Iowans who rely on a healthy trading relationship with Canada by exempting Canada from the tariffs that began on June 1st. In retaliation, Canada has indicated that it would levy tariffs worth $12.8 billion on goods including Iowa produced agricultural and manufactured products. Canada is Iowa’s largest trading partner and in 2017 alone, Iowa sent over $4 billion... Read more

  • Lawmakers Demand Answers from EPA on Failed Implementation of Renewable Fuel Standard
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide additional information regarding their failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a letter led by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, the members laid out a series of questions seeking information about the mismanagement of a program that provided waivers to some of our nation’s largest,... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises FCC’s Action to Increase Funding for the Rural Health Care Program
    Posted in Press Release on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to raise the cap on the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program by $171 million. This new investment brings the cap for this fund to $571 million, which helps provide access to high speed internet for rural health care providers. In 2016, Loebsack worked to get legislation signed into law that made skilled nursing facilities eligible to receive funds through this pr... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on House Republican’s Failure to Push Through Partisan Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after House Republicans failed to push their partisan farm bill through the House. This legislation fails to address falling farm income, eliminates the energy title, which includes the popular Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminates important crop insurance and risk management education efforts. Additionally, the bill cuts billions of dollars in food assistance... Read more

  • VIDEO: Loebsack Questions EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Commitment to RFS
    Posted in Press Release on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about reports that he has granted “hardship” waivers to numerous oil refiners, including one that made $1.5 billion in profits last year, when they are typically used to support small refiners that are facing economic hardship and are in danger of closing. At the hearing Loebsack pressed Pruitt to be transparent, fully accountable and to release ... Read more

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